Susanne Marschall is Professor of Media Studies with a special focus on audiovisual media, film and TV at the Department of Media Studies and Director of the Center of Media Competence at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
After completing her Ph.D. (1995) with a thesis on the motif of dance, Susanne Marschall worked first as a research scientist, then as an assistant lecturer (C1), and finally as an assistant professor in film studies. In 2003 she won the award for excellent teaching of the Johannes Gutenberg University. In 2005 she received her post-doctoral lecturing qualification with the monograph "Farbe im Kino" (Colour in Cinema), which is now being selled in its second edition. In 2010 she was appointed the W3 Chair of Media Studies at the University of Hamburg, but decided to stay in Tuebingen. Since many years she holds the workshop „Color and Light in Cinema“ for camera students at Hamburg Media School. Susanne Marschall curated the 2011 "Spektrale" exhibition as a lighthouse project for the Mainz "City of Science". 2012 she was elected as Professor of the Year (Unicum).
The main areas of Susanne Marschalls research are the theory and history of film and television, especially animation, transcultural cinema and serial narration. As a film expert (Filmdienst, Deutsche Welle, SWR, HR, NDR etc.), she has published monographs and essays (Schüren, Fink, edition text&kritik, Königshausen&Neumann etc.), film critiques and TV and radio interviews on subjects such as film and TV studies, literature and theatre studies as well as visual and cultural studies. On a micro-level and positioned between cognitive science and art history, she conducts research on special areas of visual perception and visual aesthetics dealing with phenomena like light and colour design, mise-en-scène, body movement and body narrative and, last but not least, animation. As a coautor she produced the documentary "Lotte Reiniger – Dance of the Shadows" together with Rada Bieberstein and Kurt Schneider that was screened by ARTE 2013 and was published on DVD by absolut MEDIEN. Currently she leads an interdisciplinary group of scientists, establishing a new research center for animation studies in Tuebingen.